“After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, saying…” 15:1
“Then behold, the word of the LORD came to him, saying…” 15:4
In Genesis 15, the Word of the LORD comes, speaks and unveils His great covenant promise to Abram. His Word is tantamount to His very Presence. “For You have magnified Your word according to all Your name.” (Psalm 138:2). Both God’s Name and His Word disclose His Person. This commanding phrase, “the word of the LORD came”, is repeated twice in four short verses. And we know, when the LORD repeats Himself we pay attention!
So today let us attentively consider His Word!
His Word came to Reassure Abram. The LORD initiated this encounter and began with the reassurance of His protection as Abram’s shield; and as if that wasn’t enough, God bolsters Abram’s faith with the assurance of reward, 15:1. Such an unfathomable demonstration of love and unmerited favor!
His Word came to Remind Abram. Abram was doubting the promise God had spoken to him in Genesis 12. Nothing seemed to be leading towards the inauguration of that great nation God had pledged. So God takes him outside and tells him to “look toward the heavens,” 15:5. Looking toward heaven was a reminder to look away from self-capability and look to the Only One Who is able to fulfill what was promised.
His Word came to Reveal His future plans, “Know for certain that…But I will…As for you, you shall…” 15:13-15. This is the act of a sovereign and caring God who foretells the future and chooses to disclose it to His servant. His Word revealed to Abram exactly what he needed to know in order to walk in faithful obedience…nothing more, nothing less. “The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our sons forever, that we may observe all the words of this law,” (Deuteronomy 29:29).
His Word came to Ratify His covenant with Abram. “On that day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying…” 15:18. Abram was not needed to confirm it. This was the LORD’s doing, His covenant to ratify. “For when God made the promise to Abraham, since He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, saying…” (Hebrews 6:13).
How are we to respond to His Word?
- Choose to accept His reassurance by meditating on His faithfulness. Drive away the voice of the enemy (birds of prey 15:11) that would come to steal our joy and confidence with the truth of His faithfulness as seen in His Word. Receive His love and unmerited favor!
- Intentionally remember His promises and all He has done in the pages of His Word, as well as in our own lives. Fix our remembrance on the truth that what He has promised He will fulfill, and look toward the Only One Who can!
- Obey what He has revealed in His Word and leave the questions in His capable hands. We don’t have to have all the answers in order to obey. The LORD is fully capable to provide all we need for each step of our journey with Him. Let us daily seek Him for His guidance, leaving the unknowns to Him.
- Believe His Word. “Then he believed in the LORD; and He reckoned it to him as righteousness,” 15:6. Our part in the covenant, in being made righteous, is to believe, and even that itself is a gift from the LORD. “For by grace you have been saved, through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God,” (Ephesians 2:8). Accept by faith His “precious and magnificent promises” that have rescued us from the penalty and the power of sin in our lives!
“…seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. 4 For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust,” (2 Peter 1:3-4)